UTC Press, 1986-02-03
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YT VT t ! 1 I K 5 f J t Li JLiU LL Volume 14 Number 17 THE OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UTAH TECHNICAL iA U aiDS by Jeff Gammon An article in the November, 1985 issue of Reader's Digest magazine, describing a new form of Soviet warfare aimed at children in Afghanistan, has spurred a host of UTC students to write Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. The article illustrates how Russians, bent on maiming little children, hide small amounts of explosives in colorful toys and leave them for the children to find. Explosions usually only big enough to mutilate fingers, hands, and feet are detonated when Afghan children discover these toys and pick them up. After UTC English instructor Terry Shellenberger read the article, he became incensed and approached his English 101 classes with an idea. Shellenberger informed his students of the article and asked them if they would like to eliminate their second essay of the quarter and each write Gorbachev instead. "Even though this is an assignment," stated Shellenberger, "most students have really gotten into it." Shellenberger commented, "Some students have really become emotionally involved in the issue, and yet others still haven't been totally convinc Colleges Meet to Frolic in the Frost 'fww ", ' 'I- Puffing the cheeks, a unique technique developed by Bill Fowler, seemed to be working. Photo P. D. Dolinar. Students Frolic Three hundred Utah college students bought discount ski tickets within an hour at Sundance Ski Resort last Tuesday afternoon. These brisk lift ticket sales indicate the success of this mid-winter respite from classes held for students from all over Utah. People came from as far a way as Dixie College in St. George to enjoy the day's activities. There were also representatives from UTC-ProvoOrem, UTC-Salt Lake and Snow College frolicing in the snow up Provo Canyon. This activity was all part of the Utah Association of Two-Year College's Conference held on January 28-29. This conference was convened to promote unity among two-year colleges within the state. n m ed that the Soviets are actually using this type of warfare." Some of his students are war veterans and can therefore relate much more easily, while others were unaware that Afghanistan had even been invaded by the Russians, or didn't know where the country is located. Despite Soviet war tactics was the topic off to Mikhail Gorbachev airing their X I 4 . X The organization started holding state-wide activities sixteen years ago; however, due to lack of students interest during the past two years the events ceased. Student leadership attending this years workshops was pleased with the enthusiastic student support. Most of the activiities were free to participants; skiing tickets were available for only $5.50 with a valid student ID. No-cost goodies included the dance, movies and a variety of games. Free munchies were also available during the evening. Many stayed to enjoy "rocking out" at the dance held farther up the mountain atTimp Lodge later. Due to this successful venture, the association has decided to hold similar events on a quarterly basis. The next one is tentatively scheduled for sometime in May. continued on page 2 their different backgrounds and emotional reactions, Shellenberger stated that virtually every student wanted to do something to help. Shellenberger said his main purpose for the letters was to introduce the students to the essay form for English 101. He said that this form is il that was addressed by Terry views. Photo by D. G. Gardiner. Fekwaaa&'y Utah Technical College at ProvoOrem will observe two national activities during February involving both vocational education and the community college network of 1,221 community, technical ana junior colleges in ine United States. Through the efforts of the Association of Community Colleges and the Joint Com mission on Federal Relations, Congress and President Ronald Reagan have designated February as National Community College Month with the theme "Op portunity With Excellence." Governor Norm Bangerter has also proclaimed February 9-15 as Vocational Education Week. Many state-wide activities are planned with the focus "Vocational Education: A Choice With a Future." Both activities are designed to increase public awareness of the important role of community colleges and vocational education. "The unanimous support of the Congress and the Presidential proclamation indicate the high regard with which community, technical and junior colleges are held," Dale Parnell, president of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, said. "We continue to be America's college of opportunity for nearly five million credit and more than four million non-credit students each year." Locally, President J. Marvin Higbee of UTC said that these activities will help better acquaint the public, employers, andeducational colleagues in four-year institutions and decisionmakers with the mission and philosophy of community colleges. "Community colleges of COLLEGE PRO VOOREM lustrated when a student states opinion and then backs it up with evidence. "An atrocity like this, where i .i Soviets are targeting innocent children with the purpose of making them 'living symbols of terror', is an ideal subject for the students to work with," remarked Shellenberger. Shellenberger's English 101 students. EDesflgDuatieti! As NauoomaD fly liege MoedGGd fered more than 1,400 different technical programs that enrolled more than 3.2 million credit students in the Fall of 1984," Higbee said. "Thousands of local business persons , public leaders and citizens serve on the advisory committees of these technical programs and provide both a close tie to the communities and expert direction for college instruction." On the average, colleges participate in 15 or more partnerships with local business and industry annually, providing special training programs, research and other February has been declared as Vocational and Community College month. Students at the Tech are part of a network of over 1,200 colleges that will be taking part. Photo by D. G. Gardiner. m .anfc. Box 1609, Provo, Utah 84603 Making students more aware of present-day happenings through mediums like Time and Newsweek magazines, and television news was also one of Shellenberger's goals. "A lot of students are informed about the past, but they don't pay much attention to the pre- 4 '1 3 They will be sending their papers resources designed to improve business effectiveness. State support for public two-year institutions across the nation, amounted to 53 percent of total budgets in 1984, and federal support was approximately 2.6 percent. Higbee pointed out that approximately 75 percent of all part-time and full-time credit students hold down jobs while they are attending community colleges. "Many of these students are seeking to upgrade their skills for their current jobs, preparing for job changes or are investigating the possibilities available in ' jMji 1 11 " 'l'1"!!!'"" "1 Wil' 1111 I TV I T-IT ll I ' r ' - m i ' s?1 4 $ ; 'i ' - i ' c J' . X - O - f V XI if N V i if . .- I - ' I l S - 1 S ( - I . -' I February 3, 1986 sent," Shellenberger said, "I wanted to help them be more aware of the world around them, not just our everyday, sometimes unimportant concerns."Shellenberger expressed his feelings that the Soviet's actions went beyond the bounds of civilized warfare, while maintaining that it is difficult to call any warfare "civilized". The invasion of a country is one thing," stated Shellenberger, "but purposely mutilating children to make them symbols is another." A copy of the Reader's Digest article, any publicity received from the essays, and a cover letter explaining their purpose will accompany all 120 letters when they are mailed collectively to Gorbachev. Shellenberger said he wasn't sure they would receive a response. "The greatest response we could receive is to hear that this atrocity has ceased," Shellenberger explained, "but even though that probably won't happen, we would like to make a dent or maybe prick their conscience." Shellenberger said he wanted to show his students that. one voice crying in the wilderness doesn't usually accomplish anything, but that 120 just might." new fields," he said. More than two-thirds of credit students attending community colleges are enrolled in occupationaltechnical courses and more than half are women. The average age of community college students is 28 years old, with the trend continuing for an increasingly older student population. Nearly 40 percent of all postsecondary students in the country are enrolled in community colleges, making those institutions the single largest component of all higher education.
|Title||UTC Press, 1986-02-03|
|Description||UTC Press was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem from February 07, 1985 to June 1, 1987.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||The Press Pulse, 1986-02-03|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|